NEPCA will meet on the campus of Providence College in Providence, RI October 24-25, 2014.
For conference information, click on the FALL CONFERENCE tab above. This will take you to a page where you find all the materials you need. Scroll down to “How Do I Submit a Proposal?”
The European Journal of American Culture (EJAC) is an academic, refereed journal for scholars, academics and students from many disciplines with a common involvement in the interdisciplinary study of America and American culture, drawing on a variety of approaches and encompassing the whole evolution of the country. Please consult the website for more information: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=138/
Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words, inclusive of endnotes. EJAC uses Harvard style. We can include unlimited black-and-white images and figures. If it is essential that your image or images be in color, please notify us. Please submit an abstract by January 1, 2015 to the editors below. Manuscripts will be due on March 31, 2015.
Caryn E. Neumann, Miami University, 4200 North University Blvd, Middletown, OH 45042 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC)
5th Annual Conference, May 7-9, 2015
Five Years of Keeping the Ideas Flowing
The Fifth Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada from Thursday, May 7 to Saturday, May 9, 2015.
We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, forms and genres of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present. We also invite presentation and exhibition proposals from visual and multimedia artists whose work engages with popular culture.
We share an interdisciplinary vision of this association. Many of our members come from the humanities and social sciences but we are interested in featuring papers from a wide variety of disciplines and cross-disciplinary perspectives. We welcome faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and independent scholars as well as other professionals with a critical interest in popular culture.
Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).
Single paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a list of keywords or key phrases (maximum 5), and should be accompanied by a brief biographical note of 100 words or less. Panel proposals should include all of the above information for each presenter, plus a proposed title for the panel and a brief rationale. Proposals from visual and multimedia artists should consist of a title, an artist’s statement and rationale of no more than 300 words, and a sample of the work(s) specified. For more information visit us at www.canpop.ca
The deadline for proposals is January 9, 2015. The conference organizers will endeavour to contact all potential participants by February 2015.
Please send proposals, requests for information, or any press/media inquiries, to the conference committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wonder if giving a paper at NEPCA does any professional good? We won’t kid you–the job market is very tough–but sometimes good things happen to good people. At NEPCA’s 2013 conference, then graduate student Lisa Silvestri delivered a paper titled “Social Media at War: Shining, Happy People Holding Guns.” It was so good we awarded Lisa the prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the conference.But wait! There’s more. Here’s an excerpt (used with Lisa’s permission) of a lovely and gracious note she sent to Amos St. Germain, who chaired the prize committee:
Springfield College invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of American Literature in the Department of Humanities. Tine College Is seeking candidates with experience teaching pre-Civil War American literature with additional expertise in diverse literatures and film studies. A strong commitment to equity, diversity and student success is required. Responsibilities Include teaching four courses per semester including first-year writing.
Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and demonstrate excellence in teaching. ABDs will be considered. Initial review of applications will begin November 14, 2014 with an employment date of August, 2015. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a statement of teaching and research philosophy, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 3-5 professional references to: Dr. Anne Herzog, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109.
E-materials accepted at email@example.com.
Thanks to Bob Hackey and Julie DeCesare for making pictures of the NEPCA members book exhibit available: Click here.
The winner of the Peter C. Rollins Prize for the best book on popular or American culture published in 2013 is: Ann Axtmann for her work Indians and Wannabes, which was nominated by the University of Florida Press. Ann could not attend this year’s conference, but she sent this very gracious thank you, which was read at the conference. Thank you, Ann, and we hope to catch you next year.
To my Colleagues at the Northeast Popular Culture Association:
First and foremost, I want to thank NEPCA for granting Indians and Wannabes. Native
American Powwow Dancing in the Northeast and Beyond the 2013 Northeast Popular
Cultural Association’s Peter C. Rollins Book Award. I especially thank the folks on the
Book Award Committee for their time and energy. I also thank the University Press of
Florida for taking a risk with a manuscript that deals with areas that are often under-
represented: Native American performance and body movement and dance studies.
In 1999, as I began work on Indians and Wannabes, I presented my first paper on
powwows at the Popular Culture Association’s 4th
Americas in Cholula, Mexico. For that conference, due to Peter C. Rollins’s friendly
and persistent encouragement via e-mail, I chaired the newly created “Native America
and Performance AREA” that included five panels and many exciting presenters from
around the world. Subsequently, the Mid-Atlantic Almanack published, “Space, Time,
and Popular Culture: Native American Indian Intertribal Powwows” as the result of my
presentation on that topic at the 10th
Culture Conference in Valley Forge, PA. I also presented another paper on powwows at
International PCA Congress––again, in Mexico. In other words, many of the ideas
in this book were developed because of the opportunities afforded to me by the Popular
Culture Association and its regional branches. I regret that I was unable to attend the
NEPCA conference this year to personally accept this award. However, I hope to meet
many of you at future meetings.
Indians and Wannabes focuses on how everyday movement and dance embody and
express the power of Native American powwows primarily along the northeast Atlantic
coastline from New Jersey into New England. After years of fieldwork, movement and
performance analysis, and a passion and respect for the beauty of Native American
powwow dance, the text introduces readers to the complexities of powwow history,
describes how space and time are performed along the powwow trail, identifies specific
powwow dance styles, and considers the issue of race in relation to Native American
dancers and the phenomenon of “playing Indian” by non-natives. Field photographs
illustrate Indian dancers and singers, wannabes, and aspects such as the Grand Entry.
There is also a photograph of my own maternal grandparents as they “dress up” as
Indians at Oberlin College in 1916. For more information please check the link: FIND
Again, I want to thank Virginia Cowen as well as Rob Weir, everyone on the Book
Award Committee, and all members of NEPCA for this great honor. It serves as an
acknowledgment of the critical importance of Native American culture and dance
throughout North America and, as I write at the end of Indians and Wannabes, the many
ways in which “Powwow people and their dance––these bodies in motion––can inspire us
with wonder, hope, and the energy to continue the struggle for survival and much, much